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Nomos 33

09 june 2024, 14:00 CEST

Zurich, Zunfthaus zur Saffran

Estimate: 850 CHF
Hammer Price:  3600 CHF
Lot 1329

ISLANDS OFF IONIA, Samos. Circa 600-525 BC. Hemihekte or 1/12 Stater (Electrum, 7.5 mm, 1.46 g). Three-sided square with central projection, surrounded by radiate lines. Rev. Rough incuse square. BMFA 1779 = Warren 1708 (some obverse die). HGC 6, 1172. Konuk, Electrum, Type 6. Rosen 363 (same obverse die and reverse punch). Very rare. Curiously attractive. Good very fine.

From the Collection of Jonathan H. Kagan, ex Triton IX, 10 January 2006, 948.

The earliest coins are famous for their enigmatic designs. Are they just irregular patterns used prevent forgery before the introduction of real figural types, or do they actually mean something, albeit in some stylised way? For example, if we wanted to be fanciful could what we see here be intended to be some sort of radiate standard, or even a harbour??

Online bidding closes: 9 Jun 2024, 09:00:00 CEST Current Date & Time: 12 Jun 2024, 16:18:01 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer Price:3600 CHF

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